WI rally to level series
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
Andre Fletcher's second half-century in as many days paired with Sheldon Cottrell's incisive three-wicket burst, propelled West Indies to a 39-run victory over New Zealand and a share of the two-match Twenty20 series yesterday.
Sent in at Windsor Park, West Indies rallied to 165 for six off 20 overs, thanks mainly to Fletcher's top score of 62 off 49 deliveries and Lendl Simmons' 36.
In reply, New Zealand crashed from a healthy position of 82 for two in the 12th over to a disappointing 126 all out with five balls left, as Cottrell snatched three for 28 from 3.1 overs.
Kane Williamson top scored with 37 from 28 balls, while captain Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor both hit 21.
The victory by the Darren Sammy-led side left Windies fans with something to celebrate following the frustration of the Test series loss last week and the defeat in the first T20I on Saturday.
Dwayne Smith crunched two fours off the first over from seamer Tim Southee, but had his stumps rattled in the bowler's third over for nine, with the score on 10.
It paved the way for an enterprising second wicket stand between Fletcher and Simmons, which proved the bedrock of the innings.
Fletcher, looking in great touch, counted three fours and three sixes while Simmons was fluent, striking the ball cleanly in gathering three fours and two sixes.
With help from a few lusty blows from Kieron Pollard (13) and Sammy (10), Fletcher helped West Indies gather 56 runs off the last five overs. He perished in the penultimate over, bowled by a full-length delivery from Boult (2-22).
Cottrell then struck in the second over of the Black Caps innings, getting Neesham caught at point by Bravo off a full toss for seven with the score on eight.
Williamson then anchored two stands to lift the Black Caps, adding 32 for the second wicket with McCullum and another 42 with Taylor for the third wicket.
He struck five fours but his demise, bowled off his thigh by Pollard in the 12th over, triggered a slide which saw the last eight New Zealand wickets tumble for just 44 runs.
Fletcher was voted Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series.
D Smith b Southee 9L Simmons c Anderson b Sodhi 36A Fletcher b Boult 6D Bravo b Williamson 14K Pollard c Boult b Anderson 13D Sammy c Anderson b Boult 10A Russell not out 14+D Ramdin not out 2Extras (w5) 5TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Smith, 2.1 overs), 2-76 (Simmons, 10.5), 3-98 (Bravo, 13.3), 4-126 (Pollard, 17.2), 5-147 (Fletcher, 18.2), 6-148 (Sammy, 18.4)
Bowling: Southee 4-0-34-1 (w1), Boult 4-1-22-2 (w2), Neesham 4-0-31-0, Anderson 4-0-51-1, Sodhi 2-0-16-1, Williamson 2-0-11-1 (w1)
K Williamson b Pollard 37J Neesham c Bravo b Cottrell 7B McCullum c Simmons b Badree 21R Taylor b Narine 21C Anderson c Sammy b Cottrell 14+L Ronchi c Russell b Narine 12BJ Watling run out 1T Latham c Bravo b Cottrell 3T Southee c Cottrell b Russell 2T Boult run out 5I Sodhi not out 0Extras (lb1, w2) 3
TOTAL (all out, 19.1 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Neesham, 1.3 overs), 2-40 (McCullum, 5.2), 3-82 (Williamson, 11.2), 4-88 (Taylor, 12.3), 5-113 (Ronchi, 16.1), 6-116 (Watling, 16.5), 7-116 (Anderson, 17.1), 8-120 (Latham, 18), 9-126 (Southee, 19), 10-126 (Boult, 19.1)
Bowling: Badree 4-1-20-1, Cottrell 3.1-0-28-3, Narine 4-0-19-2 (w1), Sammy 3-0-22-0, Russell 2-0-17-1, Pollard 3-0-19-1 (w1).
Result: West Indies won by 39 runs.
Series: Two match series tied 1-1.
Man of the Match: Andre Fletcher.
Man of the Series: Andre Fletcher.
Toss: New Zealand.
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson; TV: Nigel Duguid.